Family Works Central

Making Aotearoa New Zealand
the best place to raise children
in flourishing families


Talking helps.

Family Works counsellors are able to offer counselling support for children, teens and adults, including individuals, couples and families who are facing challenging or difficult times.

If you feel like you are struggling, or things are becoming overwhelming – we can help. Our professional and supportive counsellors provide an unbiased ear to listen to your concerns. We’ll help you explore and understand your thoughts, feelings and responses and then support you to solve problems and develop coping mechanisms, move on or make positive changes in your life.

We help people work through a whole range of issues, including:

  • stress and anxiety
  • difficult relationships and family break-ups
  • bullying
  • anger management
  • grief, loss and trauma
  • depression
  • poor mental health
  • family violence and abuse
  • addiction or drug/alcohol dependency
  • a lack of confidence or low self-esteem
  • debt
  • illness.

During your first counselling session we’ll talk with you about what you hope to achieve and how we can support that. Following sessions may include helping you to:

  • acknowledge and explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviour
  • become more self-aware, including thinking about your values and what motivates you
  • see patterns and make connections in your relationships and behaviour
  • set goals and learn practical tools and strategies that will help you make positive changes in your life using the strengths and resources you already have.

Of course, your counsellor will see you in a safe environment, usually at one of our centres.

Relationship or couples counselling

If you feel like issues in your relationship are becoming overwhelming, or perhaps you’re wanting to build additional strengths into a good relationship, Family Works can help. Many couples experience ‘rocky patches’ in their relationship so you are not alone. Read more about relationship counselling.

Types of therapy

Counselling focuses on your individual situation, beliefs and relationships. At Family Works our counsellors use three main types of therapy to find the best ways of drawing on your untapped resources. The aim is to help maximise your potential by strengthening the relationship you have with yourself. This in turn strengthens relationships with those around you.

There are three types of therapy used by Family Works counsellors:

  • Narrative Therapy focuses on understanding the stories and themes that have shaped your life.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy focuses on your thinking patterns and associated actions.
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy improves the bond between couples by improving the way you interact.

Read more about counselling therapies used by Family Works. 

Available in…

Family Works offers counselling support in Taranaki, Whanganui, Wellington, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa. In many cases the sessions are able to be subsidised or provided free of charge thanks to funding from government and the community.

The number of counselling sessions you will need depends on the complexity of the problem(s). Everyone is different. Some people benefit from just a single session, although most people will need a number of sessions. Please contact us to find out how we could help.


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